Molecular evidence of mixed P. vivax and P. falciparum infections in northern Islamic Republic of Iran
AbstractThis study compared basic microscopy with molecular detection of Plasmodium species. According to thick-film microscopy, 100% of 142 malaria cases in Pars-Abad, Ardebil province, were infected with a single species, P vivax. However, nested polymerase chain reaction [PCR] detected mixed species infections of both P. vivax and P. falciparum in 7.0%. In Maz and eran province, 2/20 blood films were diagnosed with only P. falciparum and 18/20 with only P. vivax. However, nested PCR detected 17/20, 2/20 and 1/20 with P. vivax only, P. falciparum only and mixed species respectively. The unexpected presence of P. falciparum urges prompt investigation and immediate treatment of malaria cases in this region
Zakeri, S., Mamaghani, S., Mehrizi, A.A., Shahsavari, Z., Raeisi, A. et al. (2004). Molecular evidence of mixed P. vivax and P. falciparum infections in northern Islamic Republic of Iran. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119418
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 10 (3), 336-342, 2004
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